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Explicit cookie consent. RATHER like the various theories of the universe, it is possible to imagine a European Union that goes on expanding, one that reaches a certain size then remains stable, or one that eventually implodes.

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So far, the EU continues in its expansionary phase. On Saturday May 1st it undergoes its fifth and most ambitious enlargement since its foundation, as the European Economic Community, in 1957 (see table below). The EU aims to admit Romania and Bulgaria in 2007, and Croatia may also join around then. Already, there are worries that the current enlargement will prove a step too far. Getting agreement between 25 squabbling countries may prove near-impossible. However, while fears of the Union falling apart are growing, so is the queue of aspiring members—and not just among countries that geographers would call European. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 led to a rush of applications from countries previously behind the Iron Curtain, the EU refined its entry requirements. Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation. Fears of tensions mounting in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean Seas reignited after the Turkish president raised the prospect of a referendum on accession talks with the EU and the Greek defence minister said the country was ready for any provocation.

Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation

Relations between Ankara and European capitals have worsened before the highly charged vote on 16 April on expanding the powers of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Western allies have argued that a vote endorsing the proposed constitutional change would invest him with unparalleled authority and limit checks and balances at a time when they fear the Turkish leader is exhibiting worrying signs of authoritarianism. Erdoğan has been enraged by recent bans on visiting Turkish officials rallying “yes” supporters in Germany and the Netherlands. Highlighting growing friction between Ankara and the bloc, he raised the spectre of a public vote on EU membership at the weekend. “We have a referendum on 16 April. EU-Turkey relationship status: It's complicated - Conatus News. By Angelos Sofocleous and Scott Douglas Jacobsen Turkey’s been in the news lately, mainly because of Erdoğan, but with recent comments, detachment of Turkey from the EU, and the internal referendum of Turkey too.

EU-Turkey relationship status: It's complicated - Conatus News

Why? After June 2016’s failed coup d’etat in Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the country’s President, has been increasingly trying to shut down opposing voices in an attempt to dominate his position in the political scene. In fact, a month after the alleged coup d’etat, thousands of educational institutions had been shut down and thousands of academics, prosecutors, and academics had been imprisoned, arrested or sacked. In the nine months that followed up to the present, Turkey was in a state of chaos and turmoil, with multiple terrorist attacks taking place in major cities of the country, political unrest in the Eastern part of Turkey, and the arrest of journalists, and the shutdown of newspapers and media channels in the nation.

So where does this leave us? Rising Number of Turkish Nationals Seeking Asylum in Greece. 497 6Google +0 0 0 532 Following the failed military coup attempt in Turkey last July, an increasing amount of Turkish nationals have come to Greece seeking asylum, according to data at the Asylum Service.

Rising Number of Turkish Nationals Seeking Asylum in Greece

In a publishing by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the number of Turks requesting asylum are broken down to reveal that in the time since the failed coup attempt, 236 Turkish nationals have requested asylum in Greece. An astounding 98 requests have been made so far this year, the newspaper reported. This number is remarkably higher than the previous year before the failed coup attempt in July of 2016, when only 51 Turks requested asylum in Greece from January of 2016 until that July. Three Million Migrants Waiting to Cross into Greece, Says EU Commissioner Avramopoulos. 1584 757Google +1 0 1 2521 While visiting Athens on Thursday, European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said that there are approximately 3 million refugees waiting to cross into Greece from Turkey in an effort to reach Western and Northern Europe.

Three Million Migrants Waiting to Cross into Greece, Says EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

Th news comes at a time when repeated threats from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with many of his advisors and aides imply that the Brussels-Ankara deal might come to an end. Mr.